Friday, February 20, 2015

The birth of a little bear.....


A wish was fulfilled when I took a workshop in bear making this month with Wilma. We arrived early and started on our bears full of expectations. First we choose our fur and traced the pattern. Carefully the fur was cut being sure to keep as much of the bear fuzz as possible in tact as we cut. I was so excited to see the bear's head. 


We started sewing the pieces together on a real Singer featherweight. How fun to use this machine! 


Lunch breaks sustained us as we worked.


Our first day of the workshop was over so quickly and we were so excited to give our bear heads their first drive home. They already had so much personality.....


Two weeks later...my homework was done and my sweet little bear was ready to go back to the workshop to be finished off.


It was quite an operation. My little bear got his eyes followed by legs and arms attached. Then came the excitement of stuffing him. He was almost there. He only needs a nose and mouth and paw markings. 


At the end of the second day, little bear was officially born. He and his brother happily posed for photos.....


Enjoyed their first time in sunshine......


...and Usdi Yona (Cherokee for little bear) came home to keep me company. I smile each time I see him. He sits here on my desk talking to me as I blog. 

Thank you Annemieke for giving Wilma and I our first bear workshop. For sharing your expert knowledge of bear-making and for your hospitality!

Heidi and Yona

P.S. - Thank you all so much for the comments on my previous post on my birthday quilt. 

13 comments:

  1. That bear is so cute. When he only had a head and I saw him on Skype, he already had a big personality. Now that he is finished he is waiting for his clothes. That was so much fun for you and now you are already planning other animals. Great job.
    Love Mom

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  2. What a cutie!! Congrats on bringing such a lovely little bear into the world.

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  3. Awww he's adorable, what a great project to make.

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  4. Your post and pictures are lovely. So happy you liked the teddy bear workshop and your bear turned out great! I had a very nice two days too with you and Wilma.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  5. He looks adorable! It sounds like an amazingly fun workshop!

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  6. Your little bear is so sweet Heida glad you had so much fun making him. Hear in the UK we have bear workshops in the big shopping centers where you can go and make a bear. Obviously they are not so well made as your little one.

    Love and "bear hugs"

    Hazel c uk

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  7. Hi Aunt Heidi! I just love your little bear! It reminds me of when mom made jointed bears and bunnies when I was a little girl. Happy belated birthday from sunny & warm Arizona! I love you❤

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  8. Aunt Heidi,
    This is just cutest little bear! I too remember when mom used to make bears and bunnies. What would this family do without our craftiness? I love seeing your finished projects! Love you so much! <3

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